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Analyzing COVID-19 Risk Patterns using Mobility Data


Suren Byna is a Staff Scientist at Berkeley Lab . His research interests are in scalable scientific data management.

Investigator: Suren Byna
Affiliation: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Investigator: Ashok Srinivasan
AffiliationUniversity of West Florida

Researchers at the University of West Florida and Berkeley Lab are analyzing mobility data collected from location based services and as a result to understand the disease risk patterns.

Data from the Location Based Services provides the locations of around 20 million people in the United State at the typical resolution of 10m, collected from cell phone apps around 150 times a day. Analysis activities target understanding the impact of human movement patterns and social distancing on COVID-19 infection outbreaks and identifying changes in procedures or policies at transportation hubs, hospitals/clinics, etc. that can mitigate infection risk.

Initial results of this work explored impact of government policies on social contacts in Florida. These results are available online and were covered by around 70 news outlets in the United States. The team is expanding this work for analyzing the entire USA data and seeking to identify fine-scaled determinants of infection risk and resilience.

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